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Owner: D/S A/S Laly
Built by William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland in 1929. Previous name: Vinnie until 1934. According to the external website that I've linked to above, she was delivered as such in Oct.-1929 to Chr. Knudsens Rederi A/S (Chr.Knudsen & Søn), Porsgrund. Owned by D/S A/S Laly (C.T. Gogstad & Co), Oslo from March-1934 and renamed Lago.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please be aware that some listings are incomplete).
Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Lago arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 10-1940, the day after the German invasion of Norway. She had started out from Galveston on Apr. 2 and was bound for St. John, N.B., where she arrived Apr. 14. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2.
On Sept. 11-1941, A. Hague has included her in Convoy SC 44* from Sydney, C.B. (Barbro was sunk - follow the link for details). Lago stopped at Loch Ewe on Sept. 27. A month later, she headed to Gibraltar, where she arrived on Nov. 12, having sailed in Convoy OG 76, then returned to the U.K. the following month with Convoy HG 76, in which Annavore was sunk. The escort's report is also available for this convoy. Lago arrived Barrow on Dec. 28. (OG 76 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, see ships in all OG convoys).
For info, she's mentioned in connection with the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 65 in Jan.-1942, but note that she was not part of this convoy; she was still in the U.K. at that time (Page 2). She is, however, listed in the Liverpool-Gibraltar Convoy OG 79 on Jan. 26 (station 42), arriving Gibraltar on Febr. 7, then went back to the U.K. in March in Convoy HG 80, carrying a cargo of iron ore and wolframite for Glasgow, where she arrived on March 26, according to Page 3.
She subsequently made a voyage to Halifax, joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 82*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 2 (Lago sailed from Clyde that day) and arrived Halifax on the 18th. On May 14, we find her in Convoy SC 84 from Halifax to the U.K., and the following month she joined the westbound Convoy ON 106*, which originated in Liverpool on June 23 and arrived Halifax July 8. Lago, however, was bound for St. John's, N.F., where she arrived on July 4. Having made voyages to Quebec and Montreal (Page 3), she headed back to the U.K. on Aug. 12 in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy SC 96. She later made a voyage to Trinidad, having crossed the Atlantic in the westbound Convoy ON 130*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 12 and arrived New York on the 30th. Lago continued from New York to her destination on Oct. 4, arriving Trinidad on the 17th - convoy information is available in Hague's Voyage Record above. According to him, she later returned to the U.K. in Convoy SC 114*, departing New York on Dec. 19-1942, arriving Liverpool Jan. 7-1943; Lago, cargo of bauxite, arrived Larne that day - see Page 4.
She appears to have spent quite a long time at Tyne at the beginning of 1943. She had arrived there on Febr. 5, and did not leave again until May 5. The reason for this long stay is not known, though there's a handwritten note on Page 4 above indicating she was repaired and fitted for 10 gunners (? the note is hard to decipher). From Tyne, she proceeded to Oban (via Methil), and from there, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 8, which had sailed from Liverpool on May 17 and arrived Halifax June 1. Lago, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived June 4, having joined another convoy June 1, according to A. Hague - see Voyage Record, which also shows her subsequent voyages, as does Page 4 of the archive documents.
In July that year, she's listed in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 137, cargo of sugar for Greenock, with arrival Aug. 2, and later that month, she joined the westbound Convoy ONS 16*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 19 and arrived Halifax Sept. 1 (Lago joined from Clyde). She headed back to the U.K. on Sept. 29 in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy SC 143, cargo of steel and lumber for London (Page 4), and this was her last North Atlantic crossing for quite some time.
In Nov.-1943, we find her in Convoy OS 59/KMS 33*, cargo of coal, station 23. The KMS portion, in which Lago took part, arrived Gibraltar on Nov. 29, however, Lago continued to Philippeville, with arrival there Dec. 2. The external website that I've linked to within the Voyage Record has more on this convoy - Alaska, Loke and Spurt are also named. Lago's voyages in this period are shown on Page 5.
With a cargo of iron ore, she went back in the other direction with Convoy SL 144/MKS 35 in Jan.-1944, voyage Almeria-Workington. SL 144 had departed Freetown on Dec. 22-1943, arrived Gibraltar on Jan. 3-1944, then continued to the U.K. on Jan. 6 with several more ships from Gibraltar (MKS convoy), including Lago, which arrived Workington on Jan. 18. She later proceeded to Newport, arriving Febr. 1, and it looks like she subsequently spent quite a long time there; departure Newport is given as Apr. 1, when she proceeded to Belfast Lough and from there she joined Convoy OS 73/KMS 47*, which had originated in Liverpool on Apr. 3. She was bound for Casablanca with coal in station 104 of the convoy, and arrived Casablanca on Apr. 17, the convoy having split up on Apr. 15 (the Norwegian Bestik and Rutenfjell are also included). She headed back to the U.K. a few days later with Convoy SL 155/MKS 46* - this time, Anna Knudsen, Mathilda, Norefjord and Novasli were in company. Lago arrived Loch Ewe on May 3, then joined Convoy OS 78/KMS 52* later that month, voyage Aultbea-Bougie with coal. According to Page 5, she arrived Philippeville on June 9, having sailed from Loch Ewe on May 22 (Mathilda is again listed). In July she's listed in Convoy SL 163/MKS 54* back to the U.K., arriving Liverpool on July 22. This convoy also included Hermelin and Snar. Again, see the archive document, and follow the external links provided within the Voyage Record above for further convoy info - the SL portions of these convoys started out in Freetown and joined up with the MKS convoys off Gibraltar, while the OS convoys proceeded to Freetown after having separated from the KMS/Gibraltar portions off Gibraltar.
Lago now made a voyage to Halifax in Convoy ON 248S*, which originated in Liverpool Aug. 10 and arrived New York Aug. 27; Lago joined from Clyde and arrived Halifax Aug. 25. She returned across the Atlantic the following month in Convoy HX 309, for which Laurits Swenson acted as the Vice Commodore's ship. This convoy originated in New York, but Lago, bound for Bristol with lumber, joined with the Halifax section, together with Velma, Iron Baron and Maud, and arrived her destination on Oct. 2. She subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ONS 34*, which sailed from Liverpool on Oct. 14 and arrived Halifax Nov. 1; Lago joined from Belfast Lough and arrived Gaspe on Nov. 2 (Page 5). Later that month, we find her in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 161, carrying lumber for London, joining with the Sydney, C. B. portion, which left on Nov. 18.
She headed to Halifax again in Jan.-1945, having joined Convoy ONS 40*, which started out in Liverpool on Jan. 12 and arrived Halifax on the 30th - Lago joined from Belfast Lough. From Halifax, she proceeded to St. John, N.B. on Febr. 4, then returned to Halifax where she according to A. Hague joined Convoy SC 168* back to the U.K. on Febr. 25, cargo of flour, station 61. She arrived Bristol on March 15, and early the following month she's listed in the westbound Convoy ONS 46*, again joining from Belfast Lough (convoy originated in Liverpool on Apr. 2 and arrived Halifax Apr. 20 - Commodore was in Ferncliff). Having made voyages to Yarmouth N.S., Digby N.S. and St. John, N.B., Lago proceeded to Halifax in order to join a convoy back to the U.K. on May 26, namely SC 177*. She had a cargo of lumber and sailed in station 94 of the convoy. See also Page 6. When she went back across the Atlantic in July, no convoy was necessary.
Page 7 shows the rest of her 1945 voyages - as will be seen, she made a voyage to Bodø, Norway in Nov.-1945.
Sold in 1956, renamed Ringdal. Sold in 1958, renamed Concordia. Sold in 1962 to Mitrofanes SA, Panama, renamed Maria. Sold in 1965 to Z & V Roussos, Greece, renamed Aghio Dimitrios. Again, see also this external page for a more detailed history; the site says she was sold for breaking up in Greece in 1970.
Back to Lago on the "Ships starting with L" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: E-mail from R. W. Jordan and several misc.